Interviewing Skills That Win the Job: Simple Techniques for Answering All the Tough Questions

By Michael Spiropoulos | Go to book overview

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'Are you the sort of person
we can work with?'

'Are you the sort of person we can work with?'

Deciding you are someone an employer can work with is often what distinguishes the winning candidate in the mind of the interviewer, even though the interviewer may not consciously have asked questions to elicit such information.

'Are you the sort of person we can work with?' questions are designed to explore what you might be like to work with, including your attitudes about work. These could include your values, likes and dislikes, and general predispositions. One reason why these issues are important is because organisations, over a period of time, develop their own culture or way of interrelating and doing things. Some organisational cultures, for example, are predominately entrepreneurial—that is, dynamic, with one eye always on making a sale—whereas others may emphasise order, attention to detail and proper procedure. Cultures are largely determined by the nature of the business, as well as the personality and beliefs of senior management. Large organisations often have diverse subcultures coexisting (or trying to coexist).

In many interviews, there is really very little separating the talents of the job candidates. When employers are faced with equally good skills and experience, they will look at other factors to reach a decision. Arguably, the most important of these other factors is the likeability of the candidate. In tight labour markets, employers are usually inundated with candidates whose skills and experience exceed

'are you the sort of person we can work with?'

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